Katie Couric Asks President Obama’s Right-Hand Man: “Why do you have such a foul mouth?”

From: 60 Minutes

Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s Chief of Staff

Katie Couric Talks to President Obama’s Right-Hand Man

Emanuel is notoriously profane. His language was lampooned in a recent skit on Saturday Night Live.

Why do you have such a foul mouth? Didn’t your mom ever wash your mouth out with soap?” Couric asked.

“I read a piece in Time magazine about how swearing is good for your mental health. And maybe it’s just, you know, keeping a semblance of life. And maybe it’s just sometimes for a little drama. And maybe it’s not as bad as people think. Maybe I’ve even matured,” Emanuel said.

Asked if he has matured, Emanuel, laughing, told Couric, “No.”

“Do you curse in front of the president, because I know he has tweaked you about your profanity in public?” Couric asked.

“I’ve cursed before, but I do not curse in the Oval Office,” Emanuel said.


“I’ve probably done it once in the time we’ve been here,” Emanuel admitted.

Asked if the president curses, Emanuel shrugged, saying, “I will go to the grave with my secrets.”

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